Friday, February 21, 2014
The three-day Florida Tax Institute concludes today at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa. Tax Prof speakers include:
- Samuel A. Donaldson (Georgia State), Annual Update
- Lawrence Lokken (Florida), Current Developments in International Taxation
- Martin J. McMahon, Jr. (Florida), Current Developments in Federal Income Taxation
The Oklahoman: Kevin Durant Sues Accountant Over Tax Troubles:
- ESPN, Kevin Durant Suing Accountant
- Forbes, Kevin Durant Calls Foul on Tax Preparer Over Improper Deductions, by Tony Nitti
- TMZ, Kevin Durant Sues Accountant: You Can't Write Off My Personal Chef!
- USA Today, Kevin Durant Sues Ex-accountant For Tax Troubles
(Hat Tip: Jon Forman.)
Bloomberg: Big-Money Politics Groups Get Clarity From IRS They Hate, by Richard Rubin:
- Christian Post: Obama Silences Critics With the IRS
- Christian Post: Poll: Most Democrats Think More Than 'a Smidgen of Corruption' at IRS for Targeting Conservative Groups
- Daily Caller: To Restore Public Trust in the IRS, Scrap the New Nonprofit Rules
- Front Page News: The Left-Wing Money Machine and the IRS’s War on Conservatives
- The Hollywood Reporter: Ted Cruz to Address Hollywood's Secret Conservative Group Friends of Abe
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Jesse M. Fried (Harvard), John C. Coates, IV (Harvard) & Kathryn E. Spier (Harvard), What Courses Should Law Students Take? Harvard's Largest Employers Weigh In:
- Above the Law, Best Classes for Biglaw
- Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Want to Excel in BigLaw? Master The Balance Sheet
Robert Morse, Director of Data Research for U.S. News & World Report, has announced that the 2015 law school rankings will be published online on March 11, 2014. The 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools will be available for sale on newstands on April 8, 2014. There will be one change in the law school rankings:
U.S. News Law School Rankings for previous years:
NALP, Entry-level Law Firm Recruiting Remains Mostly Flat (Feb. 19, 2014):
- NALP, Press Release
- ABA Journal, Summer-Associate Recruiting Stays Mostly Flat, but Offer Rates Rise, NALP Says
- Above the Law, Are Summer Associate And Entry-Level Hiring Picking Up?
National Jurist: Cooley, NYLS Have Largest Enrollment Declines Since 2010-2011:
- La Verne -66.2%
- Cooley -40.6%
- Catholic -39.5%
- New York Law School -38.7%
- Dayton -38.5%
- McGeorge -38.4%
- Widener (Harrisburg) -36.9%
- New Hampshire -34.8%
- Seton Hall -34.7%
- Liberty -33.9%
- Western New England -33.3%
- Case Western -32.7%
- Hamline -32.7%
- Ave Maria -31.8%
- Appalachian -31.0%
- Widener (Delaware) -30.5%
- Vermont -30.5%
- Saint Louis -30.2%
- Duquesne -29.7%
- Pace -29.3%
- Tulsa -29.3%
- Quinnipiac -28.9%
- George Mason -28.9%
- California Western -28.1%
- Iowa -28.0%
New York Times editorial: Change the Rules on Secret Money:
New York Sun editorial, Supremacy of the IRS:
Dave Camp (Chair, House Ways & Means Committee), Press Release:
- Human Events: Obama Silences Complaining Employers With IRS
- New York Times op-ed: Liberal Donors Pollute Politics, Too, by David Firestone
- Wall Street Journal: Unions vs. Democrats A Difference of Opinion About IRS Suppression of Speech
- Washington Times: Using the IRS to Disarm Tea Party and Other Political Foes
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Graetz Presents Technological Innovation, International Competition, and International Taxation Today at Penn
Michael J. Graetz (Columbia) presents Technological Innovation, International Competition, and the Challenges of International Income Taxation, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 347 (2013) (with Rachael Doud (J.D. 2012, Yale)) at Pennsylvania today as part of its Center for Tax Law & Policy Seminar Series hosted by Michael Knoll, Chris Sanchirico, and Reed Shuldiner:
I am saddened to report that former Senior Litigation Counsel Richard Jacobus died on December 1, 2013 of complications from cancer:
Although I never met Richard, he was a loyal reader and friend of TaxProf Blog who sent me dozens of tips each year. (Hat Tip: David Weisbach.)
Lebron James sparked a meme over the NBA's version of Mount Rushmore (Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington) when he listed the four greatest players in NBA history as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robertson. Kobe Bryant chimed in with his own version: Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Bill Russell. ESPN has created a Mount Rushmore of Sports, with lists of the four all-time greats in a variety of sports, and the media has created a wide range of Mount Rushmore lists.
I thought it would be fun to create a Tax Prof Mount Rushmore. I asked the 350 subscribers to the TaxProf Email Discussion Group to take a survey identifying the four tax professors who belong on the TaxProf Mount Rushmore. 57 (16.3%) of the subscribers completed the survey and voted for 56 different tax professors. The Tax Prof Mount Rushmore is:
Stephen Colbran (CQUniversity (Australia), School of Business & Law) & Anthony Gilding (La Trobe University (Melbourne), Faculty of Business Economics & Law), MOOCs and the Rise of Online Legal Education, 63 J. Legal Educ. 405 (2014):
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Philip G. Schrag (Georgetown), MOOCs: The Final Nail in Legal Education's Coffin (June 13, 2013)
- Law Schools Embrace MOOCs (Sept. 12, 2013)
Chicago Tribune editorial: The IRS Targets Political Speech Again:
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: The IRS Never Learns
- Mediaite: Fox’s Pat Caddell: ‘Establishment Republicans Want the IRS to Go After the Tea Party’
- National Review: Proposed IRS Rule Change Fractures the Left
- Right Side News: The IRS Scandal Mushrooms to Monstrous Proportions
- Toen Hall: It’s Time to Cauterize the Tax Code
- Washington Times: Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee
- Washington Times: IRS Targeting Puts Free Speech Under Attack
- Wiz Bang: The Republican Establishment Wants the IRS Harassing the Tea Parties More Than the Democrats
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Forbes: Where's My Refund? General Electric Sues For $658 Million Tax Refund, by Janet Novack:
(Hat Tip: Tom Bruce.)
Monday, February 17, 2014
- The Grio, UCLA’s Black Law Students Struggle With Lack of Diversity
- Huffington Post, Video Shines Light on the 'Disturbing Emotional Toll' of Being Black at UCLA Law School
- The Nation, UCLA Law Students of Color Sound an Alarm
- National Review, Black Students at UCLA Law School Feel Lonely, Unsafe
Rutgers Prof Suspended for Telling Students He Was Made to Teach a Course in Which He Had Zero Expertise
The Guardian: Abba Admit Outrageous Outfits Were Worn to Avoid Tax:
I guess that explains this:
Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man's world
Money, money, money
In the rich man's world
All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It's a rich man's world
(Hat Tip: Pippa Browde, Sergio Pareja.)
- Corey Robin (CUNY), Look Who Nick Kristof’s Saving Now
- PLOS Blogs, Professors, Don’t Cloister Yourselves
- Scientific American, Professors, We Need You to Do More
- Washington Post, Dear Nicholas Kristof: We Are Right Here!, by Erik Voeten
I am not black.
I am not white.
If I am a color, I am clear. ...
With my own, I can speak.
With the rest, I must listen.
With my own, I am loved.
To the rest, I am lesser.
Unwelcome. Tolerated. ...
I see wagons.
I am angry.
I am a raisin.
In the sun.
I am a teacher.
I teach legal writing.
- Tom Perkins: Americans Should Get One Vote for Every Dollar of Taxes Paid
- BC Law Prof's Cell Phone Tirade
- UC-Berkeley Transactional Business Law Survey
- The IRS Scandal, Day 282
- WSJ: How to Figure Out Your Cost Basis
- Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads
- Worst Interview Faux Pas. Ever.
- The IRS Scandal, Day 283
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Samuel L. Jackson: What Super Bowl commercial? ...
Anchor (flustered): My mistake. ...
Jackson: I'm not Laurence Fishburne. ...
Anchor: That was my fault. My mistake. ...
Jackson: We don't all look alike. ...
Co-anchor (trying to help): He thought you were Bob Dylan.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
New York Times Deal Book: The Tom Perkins Theory of Taxation and Representation, by William Alden:
- CNN, Tom Perkins: Taxes Will Lead to 'Economic Extinction' of the 1%
- Huffington Post, Tom Perkins: People With More Money Should Get More Votes
- National Review: Taxation and Representation: Tom Perkins Has a Point
- New York Daily News editorial, So Rich, So Wrong: Venture Capitalist Thomas Perkins Proves Money Can't Buy Common Sense
- News Max, Tom Perkins: You Should Get 1 Vote for Every Dollar You Pay in Taxes
- Politico, Tom Perkins: $1 Million = 1 Million Votes
- Reuters, Investor Tom Perkins Says Progressive Taxation 'Persecutes' the Rich
- Time, Tom Perkins Says the Rich Should Get More Votes in Elections
- Washington Times, Billionaire Tom Perkins: No Voting Rights for Non-Taxpayers
(Hat Tip: Mike Talbert.)